A while back I was invited into conversation about my jewellery. I was fidgeting with the cross around my neck, and the person seated next to me asked what it was. He wanted to know why I was wearing it, where had I gotten it, did I always wear it, etc. It got me thinking about the jewellery we wear and what it means.
I own several cross pendants. They have all come from different people at different occasions. The history they carry in them is just as significant as the symbolism of the cross itself.
So I started asking friends: tell me about your cross? One friend shared that hers had been a gift from when she was much younger, and the delicate gold now needed a longer chain so she wasn’t wearing it as often. Another friend shared that a colleague’s son had custom-made the unique silver design he always wore. Someone else shared that she was not wearing her cross anymore, as the person who had given it to her was now a negative influence that she didn’t want to be reminded of.
Our crosses are made from a variety of materials: gold, silver, nails, wood. They may be ornate or simple; they may be covered with jewels or basic. They may be Gothic or modern in style, worn alone or with other charms. Whatever they look like, they are our outward expression of our everyday Christianity. And they are unique to us, and have a story.
So… tell me about your cross?